Somerset Place State Historic Site is on Lake Phelps in Pettigrew State Park, 8 mi. s. via US 64. Built in the 1830s, the 14-room plantation house is an example of Greek Revival architecture. As one of North Carolina's most prosperous plantations, Somerset Place encompassed nearly 100,000 acres and produced rice, wheat and corn. Antebellum plantation life and early African-American customs and traditions are highlighted. Three buildings in the former slave community have been reconstructed.
Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9-5. Guided 90-minute tours of the mansion, gardens, former slave community and restored outbuildings are conducted on request. Closed Jan. 1, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.